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Jasmina Cibic Awarded the MAC International Ulster Bank Prize for 2016

London-based Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic has been awarded the 2016 MAC International Ulster Bank Prize, which is worth more than $24,000. This is the largest contemporary art prize in Ireland, and it attracted nearly one thousand entries from forty countries worldwide.

Cibic won the award for her filmic installation Tear Down and Rebuild, the final work from a 2015 tripartite project series called “Spielraum,” which “addresses the key elements in the creation of patriotic spectacle and investigates their repurposing when ideology and the state that sponsored them collapse,” according to the MAC International’s website. Tear Down and Rebuild focuses on a conversation—made up of excerpts from political speeches and debates—between four characters: an artist/architect, a nation builder, a conservationist, and a pragmatist.

In her artforum.com Critic’s Pick for Tear Down and Rebuild, shown at the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade last year, Agnieszka Gratza wrote: “The fictitious building evoked in the film is matched by the unreal landscape, garlanded with rousing, generic injunctions that smack of doublespeak.”

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